Charleston Shooting Suspect: White Supremacy Patches, Confederate Flag, Drug Arrest

Charleston Shooting Suspect: White Supremacy Patches, Confederate Flag, Drug Arrest

Dylann Roof, 21, has been arrested in the shooting Wednesday night that left nine people dead in downtown Charleston. (Courtesy Photo)
Dylann Roof, 21, has been arrested in the shooting Wednesday night that left nine people dead in downtown Charleston. (Courtesy Photo)

(The Post and Courier) – The young white man arrested Thursday in the shooting deaths at a historic black Charleston church lived near the swamps of the Congaree River, wore white supremacist patches, had strong conservative beliefs about the South and may have recently received a gun for his birthday, according to friends and relatives.

Just before noon, police arrested Dylann Storm Roof, 21, about 250 miles from Charleston in Shelby, N.C., ending a 15-hour manhunt.

But the public’s first glimpse of the shooting suspect came earlier in the morning when police circulated surveillance photographs.

The photographs showed a thin white man who appeared to be in his 20s with a bowl haircut enter the wooden doors of Emanuel AME church at 8:16 p.m., after parking a dark-colored Hyundai. The shooting happened about an hour later.

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